Beyond the Golden Gate Research Symposium
A symposium focused on the oceanography, ecology, and geology of the Gulf of Farallones and adjacent waters between Point Arena and Point Año Nuevo – including Cordell Bank, Point Reyes, and central San Francisco Bay.

December 1, 2016
Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies
San Francisco State University, Tiburon, CA
All day Event & Evening Poster Reception
Oral presentations 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, followed by an Evening Poster Reception 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Join us for a day of presentations by researchers studying the extraordinary marine life, oceanography and geology of the central San Francisco Bay, Gulf of the Farallones, Bodega Bay and Cordell Bank regions and adjacent waters between Point Arena and Point Año.  Presentations will focus on new, on-going and recently completed research, monitoring and habitat characterization projects.   

To submit an abstract, please go to Call for Abstracts.  Abstracts are due October 31, 2016.

Space is limited so please register soon! 
Registration and additional information can be found online at:

NOAA's National Ocean Service has put together a great set of info-graphics and information explaining how the combination of weather and climate (i.e., El Niño), will exacerbate coastal flooding this year.

Click the images or the link here.

Saturday, January 30 at 10am. 

Join San Mateo County’s Office of Sustainability for a family-friendly Open House to learn about sea level rise and what San Mateo County is doing about it. The Open House will feature a number of interactive information stations, experts on hand to answer questions, light snacks, and a free raffle with eco-friendly prizes. 

Click here for more information and to register for this free event.  
On December 8, 2015, the Contra Costa County Adapting to Rising Tides project held its fourth working group meeting in Martinez, CA. Summarized findings from 24 asset categories and 9 sectors were presented, and the approach to determine how key planning issues will be selected for adaptation response development (next step) was discussed (Agenda).

General information about the project can be found here, and details (e.g., findings to date) are available by contacting Wendy Goodfriend at the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (


The Marin County Community Development Agency recently released the public review draft of its sea level rise vulnerability assessment for the outer Marin coast. This is a major milestone in its C-SMART project (Collaboration- Sea level Marin Adaptation Response Team), which was initiated in 2014. 

Marin County is also launching a sister project to examine vulnerability on the bayside of the county.

For more information on sea level rise efforts happening in Marin County, visit their website:
The Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals Update has finally been released!

Excerpt from press release:
"In a report released today, over 200 scientists and government officials propose a new approach to manage the challenge of sea level rise in San Francisco Bay: Work with nature, rather than against it, to protect homes, businesses and shoreline communities from sea level rise, extreme storms and flooding. 

The report: The Baylands and Climate Change: What We Can Do, presents the latest science and new findings on the health and future of the bay’s shore. It assesses the biggest threats and suggests a science-based roadmap to protect our communities with more resilient shorelines." 

The San Francisco  Bay Conservation and Development Commission's Sediment Management Team just finished hosting a 2-day workshop titled "The Science of Sediment". The workshop was designed to bring together managers and scientists in the region to identify priority management needs around physical processes of sediment across a wide array of geographic sectors (from the upper watershed, to marshes and shorelines, down to the open bay and subtidal habitats), and then to brainstorm science research strategies to address these priority management needs. 
Because sediment is managed in a piecemeal, multi-jurisdictional way, the goal was to take initial steps to identify key areas of overlapping management need and gaps in knowledge that could benefit the region as a whole.  We had over 40 participants, with a mix of representation from the science, management, regulatory, consulting, and non-profit sectors and expertise spanning sediment transport, hydrology, geomorphology, wetland management, shoreline management, dredging management, and coastal engineering, among others. Issues and knowledge gaps related to sea level rise and where/how to assist marsh accretion, particularly in light of an overall reduction in sediment supply to the Bay, were a key focus of much of the discussion. Maya Hayden, the SF Cooperative Coordinator, partnered with the Sediment Management Team to help plan and facilitate the workshop, and will be assisting with drafting/refining of components of the research strategy. Other Cooperative members provided feedback and facilitation expertise to help craft the workshop process, and/or were direct participants in the workshop itself. Management needs and prioritized research strategies identified during the workshop and further developed with partners will feed into BCDC's long-term sediment management planning process and will facilitate the targeting of research and monitoring needed for the region.
Oct 3-6               American Planning Association, California Conference – Oakland
Oct 7                  San Mateo County sea level rise vulnerability project: Policy Advisory Group meeting – Foster City
Oct 13-14          BCDC's Sediment Workshop (contact Heather Perry, BCDC)
Oct 16                North-central California Coast and Ocean Climate-Smart Adaptation working group meeting – Oakland
Oct 22                2015 Science Symposium for the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project – Mountain View

Nov 2-3              Southwest Climate Summit – Sacramento
Nov 12               San Francisco Bay Regional CHARG Stakeholders' Workshop: Sea Level Rise
Nov 8-12           CERF 2015 (Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation) – Portland, Oregon
The Cooperative presented a poster at the September 17-18 State of the Estuary Conference. Click the image below to download a pdf.
News from the ART Team: 
The Adapting to Rising Tides (ART) Program is pleased to announce the launch of the ART Portfolio at:

This is the place to find planning guidance, tools and information that have been developed, tested and refined by the ART Program to address the specific challenges of climate change. If you have been to the ART site previously, visit us again -- the only thing that hasn't changed is the URL! We invite you to explore the new site to find out more about us, the ART approach to adaptation planning, the findings of the program to date, and how we can help you.

We want to thank our working group members and partners for helping us develop the Portfolio, and we look forward to continuing to work together to increase Bay Area resilience!